This past Saturday in Orlando, Florida, over 1500 people packed a church building for the Awakening 2016 conference. Sponsored by Mat Staver's Liberty Counsel, participants were inspired by speakers and ordinary citizens whose courageous actions challenged Planned Parenthood, Islamic radicalism and opponents of religious liberty. They're making a definite difference today.
On Tuesday of this week, a book/video initiative titled "Bullseye Challenge"—endorsed by Steve Strang, Jack Hayford, R.T. Kendall, Mike Bickle, Bill Johnson, Mike Brown, Che Ahn, George Grant, Michael W. Smith, Jennifer LeClaire, James Goll and other major Christian leaders—calls upon parents, educators, youth, pastors and politicians to set aside 15 minutes for 30 days to make a difference and become "an informed influencer in today's changing culture."
A week ago, thousands of influential publishers, broadcasters and ministries gathered in Nashville for the National Religious Broadcasters annual convention. A major address given by Thomas Rainer of LifeWay charged those present to "educate your people" so they make a difference in the upcoming election and our decaying culture.
Significance of 12-56-1?
Sue Trombino founded WIN ministry (Women Impacting the Nation), challenging women to make a difference in society today. She says there were "12 apostles and 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence following 1 Savior." They made a difference because they did not fear man but obeyed God, speaking boldly for truth in their generation.
How about you?
Will you dare to believe that you can become a confident communicator and change agent in today's topsy-turvy world?
The late Jamie Buckingham, who was a mentor to Steve Strang—founder of Charisma magazine and Charisma News—once interviewed one of America's richest and most successful businessmen. He asked him the secret of his success.
"Some people inherit success." he said. "Others steal it or obtain it by running over their competitors. I became successful by being in the right place at the right time."
When radical disciples commit their lives to Jesus Christ, they are no longer at the mercy of chance or fate. The person following Jesus is led by His Spirit and destined to make a difference as they speak the truth in the right spirit, at the right place, at the right time.
The result: success.
Across this nation, there is a clarion call inspiring people out of timidity and fear. It's time to rise up and speak the truth with charity and clarity that our nation may experience a "new birth of freedom" and a third spiritual awakening for which we long.
Larry Tomczak author of 10 books, is a cultural commentator of 46 yrs, Intercessors for America board member, best-selling author and a public policy adviser with Liberty Counsel. His new, innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com). and he has a variety of resources on his website (see www.larrytomczak.com). You can also hear his weekly podcast here.
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